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Music returns to the Chatsworth Depot for 2019 as ‘Gospel Jubilee’
The Whitfield-Murray Historical Society announces that music concerts will return to the Chatsworth Depot for 2019. This year’s theme will be ‘Saturday Singing at the Depot’ and will feature local entertainers and groups. The first event will be May 11 and concerts will continue on the second Saturday of each month through August. All concerts are inside the depot, provided free by event sponsors, and will start at 5 pm.
Saturday, May 11, will feature Charlsey Etheridge, a local singer whose popularity has spread beyond our area. Charlsey will dedicate songs to mothers during this special Mother’s Day Weekend concert. The May 11 concert is provided free by Murray County Elected Officials: Greg Hogan-Commissioner, Connie Reed-Magistrate Judge, John Waters-Probate Judge, Billy Childers-Tax Commissioner, Gary Langford-Sheriff, and Donna Flood-Clerk of Superior Court.
The weekend will also see the return of The Wright Hotel hosting ‘Tea with Mom’. This unique event sold out previous years and is sure to be a sell out again in 2019. There are two seating times, 1pm and 3 pm. The ‘Tea with Mom’ is a separate advance ticket only event. Tickets are available at Pat’s Antiques in Chatsworth and from Donna Flood at the Murray County Courthouse. Cost is $20 for two with additional family members $5 each at the same seating.
Other ‘Saturday Singing at the Depot’ concerts will feature a not yet confirmed group sponsored by Bradley’s Ace Hardware on June 8 and the Winkler Sisters return on July 13 sponsored by local businesses Peeples Funeral Home, First National Bank, and Paula’s Florist. The final concert on August 10 will feature young singer Lilly Bearden opening for Ray Catoe, sponsored by Bojangles, Krystal, and Captain D’s restaurants.
The Whitfield-Murray Historical Society is excited about the ‘Saturday Singing at the Depot’ concerts and the community support shown to the entire Second Avenue area of Chatsworth. The 1909 Wright Hotel, the 1905 just repainted Chatsworth Depot with the recently restored 1960 Seaboard Coast Line railroad caboose, early 1900’s Section Foreman’s House, and Chatsworth’s City Park are all located in Chatsworth’s historic district. The public is invited to visit this area on May 11 and enjoy the first, free ‘Saturday Singing at the Depot’ concerts for 2019!
In 1904 the Louisville and Nashville railroad system ran from Cincinnati, Ohio to Etowah, Tennessee. In order to complete a direct line to Atlanta, the L&N railroad system began laying tracks from Etowah south. In 1905, tracks were laid through Murray County. The Chatsworth Depot, now located adjacent to the Wright Hotel, was built along the tracks during this period. It contained a waiting room, an agent's office, an express baggage room, and a freight room. The L&N Railroad employed many Murray County residents, and trains would stop daily to transport residents traveling to and from Cartersville and other points. President Franklin D. Roosevelt once spent a night in his private car at the depot on his way to Warm Springs, where he went for polio therapy. The depot is the oldest public building in Chatsworth.
The restored depot currently houses two museums: one chronicles the growth of the local talc industry; the other documents more than a century of railroad service in Murray County.
The Talc Museum contains a collection of historical information and artifacts relating to the talc industry in Murray County, including maps, documents, photographs, news articles, tools and special equipment.
The Railroad Museum concentrates on passenger and freight service through Murray County. Original items from several Murray County depots are on display along with an extensive display of tools, equipment, documents, and photographs related railroad history. A G-Scale model railroad and a HO-Scale model railroad are both operable and located in the depot.
A 1960 Seaboard Coast Line caboose is also on display on the grounds of the Depot Museum.
Friends of the Chatsworth Depot
The depot has had the exterior recently restored thanks to a grant obtained by the City of Chatsworth. Past grants from Lowe’s and donations from area businesses and residents have allowed for the exterior of the caboose to be restored and pending financial resources, work on the interior restoration is in progress. Some of the caboose restoration has been done by the local high school construction club, giving the students some real-life experiences while helping to develop their appreciation of history.
Today, the Depot is again a busy place. The second Saturday of April each year the depot hosts a ‘Model Train Expo’ with model trains operating inside and outside the building while displaying the work of area model railroad groups. May through August will find visitors coming to music concerts on the second Saturday of each month. The third weekend of October the depot opens for the local Black Bear Festival with special displays. Tours are always available when the depot is open for these events. A highlight each year is the Polar Express where model trains run in winter scenes and the story is read by a local retired educator as the children enjoy refreshments. More info and updates can be found on the Facebook page, so be sure to look up the depot and like the page to keep up to date on all the events.
The Chatsworth Depot, originally on the L & N Railroad, has been moved a block from its original location behind the Wright Hotel.
The Caboose and Depot are located adjacent to the Wright Hotel
Our caboose before restoration
Photos from Past Music Events at Chatsworth Depot!